ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM NEWS


Above: Alty line-up before the kick off at Walsall, November 2013.
SK KITS have kindly sponsored and supplied the Youth Team's kit.


 FIXTURES

LEAGUE TABLE


Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by former Alty player Paul Jones. The team plays in the North West Youth Alliance (Under-18s) Premier Division. I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page. If anyone else has information on the Youth team, I am always happy to receive it. You can e-mail me here. John Laidlar.

Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.


FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.

  • North West Youth Alliance League
    29 July 2014

    FIXTURES

    Altrincham FC Youth's first league and cup fixtures have been issued and can be seen here.

    YOUTHS BENEFIT FROM IRELAND TRIP

    Altrincham FC Youth player James Farrington has kindly provided a report on the Altrincham FC's participation in the Foyle Cup in Derry, Northern Ireland.

    "After an intense pre-season training period, Altrincham FC Youth travelled to Derry, Northern Ireland, to compete in the Foyle Cup which is a five day tournament with matches every day.

    Altrincham Youth were led by Manager Paul Fay, Coaches Graham Houghton and Adam Nuttall. The team was put in a group with Inishshowen Youth League, Oldpark Reds, and hosts Derry City. The young Robins finished third in the group, finishing on four points, but had a weaker goal difference than Inishowen, who came second.

    Altrincham drew their first game 1-1 with Inishowen Youth League, followed by a comfortable win over Oldpark Reds 4-1 the next day. The final day of the group stages saw Altrincham have a chance of finishing first with a win over Derry city. However, the lads lost to a strong Derry side that went on to win every game in the group stage.

    Alty finished third in the group, which led them to enter the Foyle Rose Bowl. The Foyle Rose Bowl consisted of the four teams which finished third out of the four groups. Altrincham drew Mountjoy United, a match which they won 2-0 leading them to the final against Newtowne FC the following day.

    Altrincham lost 2-1 after a close game but failure to make the most of their chances meant Alty, sadly, couldn’t get the result they desired.

    However, the overall experience of getting to play full-time football for the week was a valuable and thoroughly enjoyable experience for each member of the team! Throughout the week it was evident the lads became much closer and it was a great team building exercise, standing them in good stead for the coming season.

    Although the results didn’t go Altrincham’s way, they will hope to capitalise on this experience this season due to the intensity of the competition".

    James Farrington".


    23 July 2014

    CHRIS'S NEW ROLE

    As previously reported, Altrincham FC Youth recently appointed former player Dan Millen as Assistant Manager and Team Coach. However, unforeseen family commitments have meant that, although Dan's involvement with the team will continue, the role of Assistant Manager and Team Coach will now be assumed by former Alty left-back, Chris Adams. Most recently Chris has been assistant to Graham Heathcote at Stafford Rangers.
    21 July 2014

    LEAGUE COMPOSITION

    The FA lists the clubs which will comprise the NWYA Premier League for 2014-15.They are Abbey Hey, Altrincham, Ashton Athletic, Barrow, Chester, Curzon Ashton, Hyde, Morecambe, Prescot Cables, Skelmersdale Utd, Warrington Town and Witton Albion.
    11 July 2014

    FRIENDLY

    On Saturday 12th July 2014, Altrincham AFC Under 18s take on Accrington Stanley in a friendly match. It kicks off at 12 noon at Partington Sports Centre, Chapel Lane, Partington, M31 4ES. The referee isTim Willis and the assistant referees are Rohan Anand and Felipe Morais.
    4 July 2014

    YOUTH CUP DATES

    The draws for the early rounds of the FA Youth Cup have been made and Altrincham have been favoured with a home draw. In the Preliminary Round, to be played in the week commencing 8 September, Alty host Colne at the J. Davidson Stadium. Should they win that tie they would host either Irlam or Glossop North End in the First Round Qualifying, two weeks later.

    In the Cheshire County Football Association District Youth Challenge Cup League 1, Altrincham & District FA (comprising Altrincham FC players) play Mid-Cheshire FA (away) on Sunday, 7 September, Chester FA (away) on Sunday, 12 October Stockport (home) on Sunday, 19 October 2014 and Runcorn (home) on Sunday, 9 November.


    17 June 2014

    ALTY YOUTH TEAM'S NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER

    Altrincham FC Youth have appointed former player Dan Millen as Assistant Manager and Team Coach. George Heslop is remaining as Manager and he asks "If there is anyone out there who would like to assist with First Aid or physio help, please contact me on 0161 718-0624".
    24 May 2014

    COACH/ASSISTANT MANAGER NEEDED

    Manager George Heslop writes that his Altrincham FC Youth team "requires a volunteer to assist in the role of Coach/Assistant Manager. The team were founder-members of the North West Youth Alliance Football League at its inception in 1998-1999. They have been in the Premier Division from the start and have won the championship four times and been runners-up three times. The team has also won the Fair Play League twice, the Open Cup once and have been runners-up in that competition three times.

    The team has also been the Premiership Cup winner three times & runners-up four times. So, we are trying to keep up a high standard of play and discipline. Our pre-season is due to start around June 24th. Manager George Heslop (Manager) can be contacted on phone 0161-718-0624 or by e-mail.

    FIVE YOUTH TEAMERS AT FIRST-TEAM TRAINING

    With the news that goalkeeper Josh Samberg and striker Max Pouncey have been invited to First Team pre-season training from June 24th, there are now five members of last season's youth team involved with the Conference National squad. The other three, as previously announced, are Rob Gilroy, Jeff King and David Brown.

    YOUTH PRESENTATIONS

    Above, Max Pouncey received the James Black Trophy from Ian and Jenny Black after being selected by George Heslop as the Manager's Player of the Season.

    The annual presentation night for Altrincham FC youth players was held on Friday evening. This year two youth squads were honoured; the Under-18s who play in the NW Youth Alliance Premier League, and the Under-17s, who feature in the NWYA First Division and represent Altrincham and District FA in the Cheshire County FA's District Youth Cup.

    The Under-18s finished league runners up and progressed to Round Two of the FA Youth Cup before bowing out with honour at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.

    Meanwhile, the Under-17s finished off their season on a high note by clinching the NWYA President's Cup trophy.

    Paul Fay presented his Under-17s' Manager's Player of the Season award to Will Foster and the Players' Player of the Season trophy to James Campion.

    Altrincham FC Vice-Chairman Andrew Shaw introduced the Under-18s Youth Team manager, George Heslop. Before announcing the awards, George paid tribute to his captain, Spencer Cunliffe, who had recovered from a bout of glandular fever to attend the event. He went on to praise Spencer's talent and commitment whilst joking about the verbal exchanges that he and his captain had during the past two seasons.

    George's first award was to goalkeeper Steve Bullen, who was named as Clubman of the Season. Unfortunately, Steve was unable to be present to receive this honour in person.

    George called on Karen Rowley to present the Goalscorers' Award to Max Pouncey. The manager then announced the prizes for Players' Player of the Season, as voted by the squad. Third place was won by goalkeeper Josh Samberg whilst the runner-up was defender Tom Clarke. The winner of the Players' Player award was fellow defender David Brown.

    George then paid tribute to James Black, a keen supporter of Altrincham FC, who had died at the age of 18, and in whose memory his parents, Ian and Jenny Black, had commissioned a prestigious bronze trophy which is awarded each year to the Manager's Player of the Season. For 2013-14 the award went to striker Max Pouncey.

    Finally, George paid tribute to his long-suffering wife, Jenny, who had not only endured George's many absences at football matches and training but had also washed the players' kit for 17 years. On his behalf, Club Secretary Derek Wilshaw presented Jenny with a well deserved bouquet.

    Before the presentations ended, Andrew Shaw underlined the admirable work done this season by George in managing the team despite suffering ill health. For his part, George looked forward to being able to resume his full role in 2014-15.

    Above, top row, David Brown, Players' Player of the Season with George Heslop and Andrew Shaw; Max Pouncey, Goalscorer of the Season, with Karen Rowley and George Heslop. Middle row: Tom Clarke and Josh Samberg, respectively second and third in the Players' Player of the Season voting. Bottom row: George Heslop with Andrew Shaw, and, right, Derek Wilshaw with Jenny and George Heslop.



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